A locker to be proud of – Green Knight proud!
New locker rooms complete Schneider Stadium
Home field advantage has grown for the Green Knights with the opening of the new locker room facility at Donald J. Schneider Stadium. The building, located north of Howard “Chick” Kolstad Field, currently houses the football team and serves the training needs of both men’s and women’s soccer.
“It’s beautiful and has all the bells and whistles, but what I’m proudest of is that it’s really functional,” says Don Maslinski ’63, director of athletics fundraising and an assistant football coach.
The hydrotherapy room and treatment area at the new facility encompasses 1,781 square feet, compared to the 672-square-foot training room at Schuldes Sports Center. Features include four whirlpool tubs, four treatment tables and ample rehabilitation space. A large window overlooks the field.
The view of the field is important for athletes doing rehab, says athletic trainer Ryan Vandervest, who assisted with the design of the treatment and training areas. “Psychologically it’s better for them. The close proximity is also good from a safety standpoint. During a game, if somebody’s hurt, we can bring the player in here instead of addressing the injury in front of the crowd.”
With football players now fully ensconced at Schneider Stadium, the team no longer commutes from its locker room at Schuldes. Their move simplifies logistics and leaves more space for the teams housed at the sports center.
Vandervest says he doesn’t miss loading up a cargo van each day. “It was like a second Minahan [Stadium], where you dropped off all the supplies and equipment and then picked it up.”
The new locker room, equipped with pull-down video screens, doubles as a meeting room. Though metal lockers were included in the original plans, 120 wood lockers, each complete with a storage bench and lockbox, were installed. Locker naming rights are being sold to offset the cost.
In spring, a pull-down door will transform the football locker room into two spaces to house the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Schneider Stadium will host the St. Norbert College Invitational on April 21 and the Midwest Conference Outdoor Championship on May 11-12. The invitational will be the women’s first home outdoor meet in the college’s history and the men’s first home meet since 1980.
Head coach Don Augustine says the benefits of home meets go beyond competing in front of St. Norbert fans.
“It’s nice for our athletes to be able to get away, go back to their rooms and get some rest,” he says. “We’ve had situations with the conference meet where our seniors took a long trip home and had graduation the next day, which was difficult.”
The new building also features a conference room with a flat-screen television and Internet access; coaches’ locker rooms; an equipment room; a laundry room with high-efficiency dryers; a sound system; and a mechanical room large enough to support additions.
“It’s not totally done,” says Maslinski. “The infrastructure is in place to add another locker room on one end and a big meeting room for about 150 people on the other end.”
The new facility will be decorated in the future.
“That was by design,” says Maslinski. “We want to wait until the season is over and then decide where to put bulletin boards. The walls look kind of barren, but that will change once you start putting up photos of the All-Americans and conference champions.”
Oct. 4, 2011